On the 30th of October Wilderness Labs launched a Kickstarter campaign to launch Meadow; a full-stack .NET Standard IoT platform. It achieved its funding in less than a day. So why is Meadow so special … Meadow is .NET running on a microcontroller not a microprocessor.
Micro controllers are the future of connected devices - they are cheaper, use less energy and work more easily with sensors than their microprocessor cousins. The downside is that microcontrollers are normally programmed using C/C++ whereas Applicita like many other software companies has extensive skill investments in higher order languages and tooling such as C#, Visual Studio and Visual Studio Dev Ops (formally VSTS).
Let that sink in for a moment … you can now use full .NET Standard 2.0 on real IoT hardware.
This allows for re-use of existing and familiar code libraries and shared logic between the IoT device on the edge and the cloud backends.
Here at Applicita we have first-hand experience of how complex delivering end to end IoT solutions can be. We needed skills in C/C++, knowledge of ARM processors and PIC microcontrollers; built custom solutions for Unit Testing and Continuous deployment and over the air firmware upgrades.
We needed to build intelligence into our backend systems to cope with edge case device behaviour in the field. This resulted in natural silos within the team of skills which we couldn’t easily transfer across team members… all doable but complex…
We believe passionately in pioneering technology and as early adopters we can’t wait to start this incredible journey with the Meadow development platform and Meadow F7 board so please come and join us and back their Kickstarter campaign.
So, did Wilderness Labs just make .NET history … We think so.
CEO & Founder